Spring cleaning always conjures up images of Mole in Wind In The Willows. All that cleaning and painting soon gets him down and he escapes to the pleasures of the great outdoors. But don’t forget your garden needs a bit of TLC after those winter months to get it back on track. We’ve looked at some great products to help you to get to grips in an instant with persistent weeds as well as some ideas on dealing with garden waste.
Bosch ART 26 Accutrim Cordless Grass Trimmer
We love anything cordless, especially in the garden. It makes things so much safer. What’s more it’s really light making it great for all ages to use.
Bosch ART 26 Accutrim
As well as trimming straggly lawns, it will also help in the battle against weeds too. The wheels are a nice little feature, giving you extra control when using this along a patio or path edge.
Lawnmowers Direct also sell cordless lawnmowers which are next on our wishlist to try.
The Bosch Cordless Trimmer has an RRP of £59.95.
National Trust Gift Set
If you need to get down and dirty to remove stubborn weeds or when it comes to bedding plants, this handy little gift set from the National Trust Collection by Bentley is just the job with a sturdy hand trowel, fork and gardening gloves.
With an RRP of £19.99 this also makes a great gift for any gardener.
Dobbies Premium Topiary Sheers
Go all Edward Scissorhands with your conifers this spring with these nifty topiary sheers from Dobbies.
They look and feel a lot more expensive than their £12.99 price tag.
Mantis Compact Compostumbler
What a great product! Composting has always proved a bit of a challenge. Having endlessly stuffed cuttings and kitchen waste into my giant green tardis, all I’ve managed to produce is dry cuttings and kitchen waste. Frustrating to say the least.
The Compact Compostumbler has got this covered and perfect for suburban gardens too. It holds up to 355 litres of stuff and the drum spins like a dream, even when fully loaded, thanks to the fact it’s gear driven.
The aeration and drainage units on the door allow air through for all the good bacteria to do their stuff, whilst allowing excess moisture to escape. And you won’t get any compost trying to make a run for it when you open the door like you do with most composters.
Worse still, I’ve often come face-to-face with a rat scurrying away from my traditional composter. Thanks to the neat design, you won’t find that a problem with the Mantis Compact Compostumbler as it shuts securely, locks tightly and is suspended off the ground.
We love it!
At £299, you’ll certainly see a return on your investment as it’s built to last and is the most effective composter we’ve ever used.
Despite the constant rain we get in this country, it’s always a chore having to water pot plants and bedding plants.
This innovative sytem has a little computer attached to it allowing to time exactly when you want to water your plants and for how long.
It also means that water is used a lot more sparingly than splashing it about with a watering can and also delivered more accurately.
We tried the starter kit which, at £59.99 buys you your water computer, 15 metres of special irrigational pipe and all the whistles and bells you need to connect this to your water supply and secure it to all your various plants.
XHose & Accessories
As well as getting your garden looking great, now is the time to clean off conservatories as well as your garden furniture and patio. This has to be the lightest hose we’ve ever laid our hands on and also comes complete with some accessories, which are really quick and easy to use.
Despite being light as a feather, the hose is tough and expands to three times its original length, giving you a lot of flexibility. We also tried the 8 Speed Spray Nozzle and the Water Jet which helped get things clean in record time.
The Xhose costs £19.99 and the accessories pack is also £19.99 and comes complete with a spigot hook as well as the Spray Nozzle and Water Jet.